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Teaching With Games - Alphabet
It's been proven time and again that the way to teaching a child anything is to make it fun. But, seriously, how many times can you sing the ABC song? Branch out and find some more fun ways to teach your child with games. Teaching the alphabet using games has so many possibilities. Below are a few of the fun ones I play with my girls.
Match The Letter Game
This is a simple and fun game to play with your children to get them to recognize letters of the alphabet. And, it helps clear some magazine clutter in your house!
What you'll need:
- Construction paper
- Old magazines or newspaper
- Glue stick
- Scissors (for you)
How to play:
- Hold the paper landscape in front of you and at the very top left write, fairly large, the upper case letter. At the very top right of the paper write the lower case letter. Now draw a line down the center of the paper, or fold it in half.
- Open up a magazine and ask them to find either the upper case or lower case of the letter you are reviewing with them. Use this time to read the magazine to them, or talk to them about the pictures in the magazine (parenting magazines are the best!)
- Once they find one, cut it out for them (or let them cut, depending on their skill level with using scissors).
- Have them put glue on the back of the letter and place it in the correct column of the construction paper.
Tip 1: You can do one of these for every letter of the alphabet and put together a scrapbook once they are all done. Great memories to look back on.
Tip 2: If you find they find this game too easy, have them look for pictures of items that start with the letter you are reviewing. You can do both letters and pictures, makes a great art project too!
Games of The Alphabet
A Letter A Day Keeps Your Child Engaged!
You can choose a letter a day to review with your child. Once that letter is chosen, do something that starts with that letter. Some examples:
- "A" Day - Admire day. Take a walk in the park or around your home, ask your child what they admire or like about what they see.
- "B" Day - Bowling day! Take them bowling and have some fun.
- "C" Day - Caring day. Have your child point out all they ways everyone in your family shows that they care. Explain to them the subtle things, like giving them a balanced meal and making sure they brush their teeth -it's because you care!
You get the point. Make it fun for them, but easy on you in regards to money. Obviously, you could do "A"musement, "B"owling, and "C"arnival in addition to the examples above, but it would cost you and you would be running all over town. Do what is best for you and your family.
Alphabet Books = Scavenger Hunts!
You can combine reading with a scavenger hunt to teach your child their alphabet. There are a multitude of alphabet books out there that you can incorporate into your child's learning. For the younger children, you can label the items in the house ahead of time. "B" label on a ball, "C" label on a car, etc.
Some simple books show the letter and an item or toy that begins with that letter. Make a scavenger hunt out of it. Look around your house for the items in your book. Take a picture of them hunting for the object and a picture of the final loot basket.
The kids will love running all over the house looking for the items in the book. Make sure you capture their enthusiasm with a picture, it is priceless!
You know your child the best. Create games using their interests and experiences. Throw in new experiences so they can branch out more, but the best way to teach your young children is through games and play. Make it fun, and they will love to learn for years to come!